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Gingham on Gingham 

Gingham, the lightweight check-patterned cotton cloth, seems to make an appearance every summer. And that summer surge in gingham is for good reason. The breathable, airy fabric with its crisp checks gives a preppy, cool vibe. But this summer, gingham seems to be more popular than ever! I first shared the gingham trend with you this spring in this edition of Friday Favorite Finds, featuring twenty gingham items to wear. Well, let’s revisit this trend for summer, amping the trend up a notch by wearing gingham on gingham!

For my look, I decided to double the impact by doubling the gingham patterns. While I totally fell in love with this summer dress (on sale here!), I knew I needed an outer layer for those chilly temperatures inside air-conditioned spaces. Rather than reach for my go-to denim jacket, I went for something a little less expected: a crinkled button up gingham shirt (also on sale here!).

As you can tell, neither the colors or the pattern are an exact match between the dress and the shirt, but that’s what makes it interesting! Gingham is one of the easiest prints to mix because of its simple shape. Here are two simple tips for mixing gingham:

  1. Start with a common color thread – Again, colors do not need to match perfectly. In fact, it’s better if they don’t. But be sure to have one unifying color or at least pick pieces with colors from the same color family.
  2. Play with proportions – Add interest by combining a large-scale gingham print with a small-scale gingham print.

Keep scrolling to browse our current gingham faves… 

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30 Gingham Items to Wear Now

While we shared 20 gingham pieces to wear in the spring, there’s an entirely new fresh crop of gingham items to wear this summer! Shop our top 30 favorite pieces here. Be sure to note that many of these items are on sale…

In closing, how about some gingham trivia? Did you know that gingham originated in Malaysia and was called genggang? Did you know Marilyn Monroe was photographed wearing a pair of cropped gingham pants in 1953? Did you know Brigitte Bardot wore a pink gingham wedding dress in 1959, causing a nationwide shortage in France? Read these fun facts and more in The Gingham Index by J.Crew.

Thanks as always for stopping by! It’s a treat to hear from you. Feel free to comment below. Have a great day.

Photos by Maritere Rice in Key West, Florida

Details of My Look


  1. Sarah W. says:

    This is such a fun and sweet look! I’m especially loving the J. Crew gingham sandals! Thanks for sharing, Carrie!

    XO, Sarah | http://www.thebellainsider.com/

    1. Carrie says:

      Aren’t those fun? Thanks as always for stopping by, sweet Sarah!

  2. Such a perfect look for summer! Happy Monday, lady!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you, Jenn! Same to you.

  3. Sheri says:

    Hi Carrie,
    Some very fun looks.

    I really like that OPI nail polish too. Can’t Find My Czechbook:)

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Sheri. And great deals too!

      Don’t you just love the OPI names? I’m still in love with ‘gelato on my mind’, but needed a slight change. So I went with this darker shade of blue – ‘can’t find my czechbook’. 🙂

  4. Jane says:

    Love this super fun gingham look!
    xo, Jane

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Jane! Have a great week.

  5. Lauren says:

    This is such a fun look, Carrie! And the backdrop couldn’t be more perfect 🙂 Loving all the posts from your FL vacay! XO

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch for that, Lauren! Who needs murals when all the houses and buildings and restaurants and bars are so colorful? 😉

  6. Sydney says:

    Those fun facts at the bottom! I knew about marilyn but the others were new to me! Like I said on insta, these photos belong in a magazine!! I love that you mixed to print! I will have too give it a shot and mix things up 🙂 I must ask are the sun flares in the photo natural or were they made in acolourstory! I hope you have a wonderful day !

    Styled By S

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Sydney!

      Oh for sure these sun flare are real, actual flare light as captured by Mari. 🙂

    2. Sydney says:

      Yay!! I love it when that natural sun comes through!! I’ve been playing with sun flares in my own photography its just so magical and real!! 🙂

    3. Carrie says:

      Yes – isn’t it magical?!

  7. Bella B says:

    What a gorgeous post Carrie, I really love everything you linked, I kinda want one of each!!! The photos are incredible too!!


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Bella! You would look so cute in gingham.

  8. Hat on point per usual! I love the mix of the gingham on gingham and of course I want everything in this roundup eeek!!

    xoxo Amanda
    The Miller Affect, a Fashion Blog by Amanda Miller

    1. Carrie says:

      Well, thank you so much, friend! Xo

  9. Ritu says:

    omg… i just love gingham… great post… lovely style… thanks for sharing pretty 🙂

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much! I’m so glad you liked it.

  10. Merritt Beck says:

    You always pull off gingham so well! I would never think to put together two different sizes of the print but it looks amazing here!

    xx, Merritt
    The Style Scribe

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Merritt! It means a lot coming from you.

      I’m loving your site updates today!

  11. ashley says:

    IN LOVE!!! You pull color off so well!

    1. Carrie says:

      That’s so nice! Thanks, friend.

      And you pull off black so well. 🙂

  12. Tamara says:

    I absolutely love this gingham overload!!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Tamara! Have a great week.

  13. Jennifer says:

    My gosh, Carrie, you look so adorable! Love the gingham on gingham!

    xo, Jennifer

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah thanks a bunch, Jennifer! This would look fabulous on you.

  14. I just love how you styled this dress! It is so fun and playful! Pairing it with the gingham shirt is such a cute idea.

    xo Bryn

    1. Carrie says:

      Well thank you, Bryn! It looked great on you, too.

  15. Sheela Goh says:

    I think Gingham, I (tend to) think picnics and tablecloth. Yet, I must confess, Gingham has reached a somewhat high end feel of late, and I must also confess that you look picture perfect in this double play look 🙂

    1. Carrie says:

      I hear ya… It can be a little country and cliche. But I like to think it can look a bit more modern with the proper styling.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Nancy Wyatt says:

    Love this on you and your picks! I’m off to find me some gingham for my upcoming dash to Marfa with the hubby! Thanks sweet girl!

    1. Carrie says:

      Oh a dash to Marfa? That sounds wonderful! It’s high on my list of places to go!

      Also, let me know if you need some help finding some gingham. 🙂

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